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Q. Can't get my little dog to eat. Only want Purina cat chow. Likes meat from table but any dog food she is declining. Any suggestions?

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A. You can try adding canned food mixed with kibble and slowly adding less and less on the canned. There are also gravy dog food additives or even things like skin and coat which adds flavor plus vitamins. You could also try adding a bit of olive oil or fish oil to his food or even a small amount of warm water to soften up the food slightly but also the heat from the water brings out the fragrant smell of the kibble. If none of those things work, you might consider switching dog food formulas altogether to a different flavor.

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A. Another thing, don't allow access to the cat chow if she is stealing the cat's food. Keep that in a location where you can manage access only for the cat.

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